Québec Explorer Ski Safari
A culturally-rich ski safari that combines local slopes with magical winter activities and the historic highlights of Quebec City.
Far more than a ski holiday, this diverse trip combines Quebec’s rich culture and winter landscapes with superb local ski slopes. It’s a great option for families or mixed groups with non-skiers.
We recommend staying in Quebec City for the duration of your holiday. With three ski areas within an hour’s drive, there’s no need to change hotels or travel far. Twenty minutes from the city, Stoneham resort is close enough for floodlit skiing in the evenings, while Mont Saint Anne has the best variety, or Le Massif (an hour away) has more challenge for advanced skiers.
Quebec City itself is stunning, with an ancient Old Town and lively events programme. The French-Canadian cuisine is another highlight - there are more gourmet restaurants per capita than in any other city in North America.
You could easily spend all your time in the city and ski resorts but, in our opinion, Quebec’s other winter activities are too good to miss. From skating on frozen lakes to sleeping in the ICEHOTEL®, we’ll tailor-make an itinerary that’s unique to you.
Create Your Own Itinerary
Our Quebec Ski Safari follows no set formula. You can combine any ski resorts with any non-ski options, using the city as your base. A hire car gives you the freedom to see as much as possible, although public transport is also an option – ask out team for more information.
We’ve skied at all our Quebec resorts and experienced a full range of non-ski activities, so for our first-hand advice and we’ll create an itinerary that’s perfect for you.
Stoneham - With family trails as well as advanced slopes and floodlit night-skiing, Stoneham has lots of variety and is only 20-minutes from the city.
Mont-Sainte-Anne - The largest ski area has views over wooded hills and St Lawrence River. Take kids to the family zone, or challenge yourself on the Black Forest run.
Le Massif - Best for advanced skiers, La Massif has the most vertical drop. The village hub is at the top of the mountain, so you park at the top and ski down.
Villages Vacances Valcartier (Dec-March/April) - Twenty minutes outside the city, Canada’s largest waterpark turns into an all-ages ice slide playground in winter, with 42 slopes for inner tubing, carpet slides, snow rafting and more.
Quebec Winter Carnival (Jan/Feb) - For two weeks each year, Quebec City hosts one of the world’s largest winter festivals, with everything from night parades and canoe races to food markets. Ask our team for this year’s dates.
ICEHOTEL® (Jan-April) - This ice-sculpted hotel complex is a 20-minute drive outside the city. Take a tour of the guest rooms, nightclub and wedding chapel, or ask us to book you in for an unforgettable overnight stay.
Sugar Shacks (March-April) - A centuries-old tradition, Quebec’s sugar shacks open in spring, when the maple sap begins to flow. Visit these wooden huts for a savoury feast topped with lashings of syrup.
Within half an hour’s drive of the city, you can choose between a huge range of activities to experience Quebec’s frozen lakes, snow-dusted forests and icy wilderness.
Ice skating - Hire skates and slide across frozen Lac St-Joseph. Next to a forest and near to the ICEHOTEL, the setting is magical.
Snowshoeing - Trek along marked routes, choosing short and easy trails, or technical challenges. One trail leads to a heated hut.
Snowmobiling - Speed along dedicated trails, glide over frozen lakes and explore the boreal forest.
Cross-country skiing - Try classic or skate skiing on graded trails for all levels. Take a break in one of five wood-heated huts, or sleep overnight.
Ice fishing - Catch speckled trout and smallmouth bass at the Baie de Duchesnay on Lac Saint-Joseph.
Horse-drawn sleigh - Take a romantic ride through frozen landscapes.
Sledding - Whizz down natural snow slides, or go inner tubing.
With this stunning city as your base, you’ve got a huge range of sightseeing, and leisure options to tick off. From day spas to cinemas and swimming pools, it has everything you’d expect from a cosmopolitan city, as well as several unique highlights:
Old Town - This World Heritage area is the city’s top attraction, with its cobblestone streets, 17th century houses and the Chateau Frontenac.
Food - The options are vast but our favourites include the French gourmet specialties and Québecois cuisine served in 18th century residences, as well as the market-fresh food in the sidewalk cafes.
Shopping - Le Petit Champlain (America’s oldest commercial district) has everything from fashion and crafts to fine food; Rue Saint-Paul is best for antiques and art; or the biggest malls are just outside the city.
Museums and culture - The citadel and Plains of Abraham, as well as Place Royal, Musée de la Civilization, and the Musée National des beaux-arts Du Québec are top of our list.